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BREAKING NBA 11:15pm 6-12-08 Big Boston Comeback: Upend Lakers 97-91; Lead Series 3-1
Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 9:11pm

LOS ANGELES, CA  From ESPN  (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: NBA FINALS  11:15p m  6-12-08   Call 'em "The Comeback Kids."  Down by 24 to the Los Angeles Lakers, suddenly, the Boston Celtics pulled to within two...then went on to beat the Lakers 97-91 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Game 5 is Sunday night in L.A. 

As reported in the Associated Press story on ESPN,  Boston rallied on Thursday night to take a commanding 3-1 lead in this history-rich series and move within one victory of a 17th championship that seemed impossible a year ago. 

A rivalry between the league's two most storied franchises -- with some of the game's biggest names and biggest moments -- now has its biggest rally.

No team had ever overcome more than a 15-point deficit after the first quarter, and although the league doesn't have a record for the largest rally in a finals game, the Celtics staged one that will forever be remembered in the annals of Celtics-Lakers lore.

When the final horn sounded, Paul Pierce, an L.A. kid playing in front of family and friends, doubled over in exhaustion and exuberance. The Celtics, the team he stuck with through 10 years, including a 24-win season in 2006-07, had done the impossible.

"We sucked it up," Pierce said. "We said we weren't going to back down."


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